This Day in Horror

31 January 2014

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1983) - REVIEW


It really depends on who you talk to this is either the best of the Halloween series of the absolute worst.  This one is definitely the unique one of the franchise.  Mainly because it lacks anything to do with the previous movies and having said that there is NO Michael Myers or Laurie Strode for that matter.  Up till this movie When you thought of Halloween you thought of Jamie Lee Curtis.  It seems part II would be her last Halloween film, well at least until H20 was conceived.

We start with Harry Grimbridge (Al Berry) being chased by some cars and he is running for his life.  He runs into the local gas station and collapses.  The attendant takes him to the emergency room were Dr Challis (Tom Atkins) takes a look at him.  Harry is still gripping on a Halloween mask of a pumpkin head and says "they are going to kill us all".  A short time later while Harry is resting an unknown man in a suit enters the hospital and proceeds to kill Harry and then just walking out the front door and setting fire to his car and himself.  Dr Challis is very shaken up with this being all too weird.  After talking to Harry's daughter Ellie (Stacey Nelkin) the two of them decide to head to the town of Santa Mira where they make the masks he was clutching onto.  Santa Mira is a small almost deserted town except for the big mask factory called Silver Shamrock.  The longer they stay in Santa Mira the more they are in danger.  Will they make it out alive?

The first time I ever heard of this movie was watching Monster Vision on the USA Network with Joe Bob Briggs.  I had never seen this movie at this point and was excited because I was already a huge fan of Michael Myers.  Right before the movie started Joe Bob mentioned that this sequel had nothing to do with the original two and there was no Michael or Jamie Lee.  I was immediately disinterested and went to bed instead of staying up to watch this.  It was not till about ten years later when I finally watched this film because it was at a local grocery store for 79 cents.  I ended up loving the film and the rest is history.

One of the things I really like about the film is how original the story is.  If only they would have named this movie something different so that it wasn't overshadowed by the Halloween franchise it really would have been better off.  As it is now and as I said above the views of this film is a mixed bag.  You either like it our you hate it. In my case I loved it.  I even love more that Scream Factory brought it to Blu Ray last year full of special features.  If you are a fan of the film you owe it to yourself to pick up the Blu Ray not only are the special features excellent but the film itself looks gorgeous.  I would give this movie 8 out of 10 stars.  Stay twisted everyone!


The Trailer has been Released for "Murder in Miami" - PRESS RELEASE




Coming to DVD Feb 25, a sizzling hot cocktail of blood, thrills, sex and suspense.

Murder in Miami follows a successful fashion photographer (Joseph Myers) who is wrongly accused of murdering several beautiful young models. As more women are murdered, finds himself in a race to clear his name and save his own life, and in the process, uncovers some dark secrets hidden behind the glass and concrete facade of the magic city.

Murder in Miami is written and directed by Award-Winning filmmaker Will Vazquez.

Check out the film's new trailer, artwork and stills.

TRAILER
link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkHGvqJqdfg

Amazon pre-order link : http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Miami-Joseph-Myers/dp/B00GU5OC62/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391157463&sr=8-1&keywords=murder+in+miami+osiris

29 January 2014

Lord of Tears 2013 - REVIEW

One of the best things about being a film reviewer is having access to films that I normally would never hear about. There is a steady flow of films coming in either by mail or digital download but never have I been so excited to receive one as I was when Lord of Tears came in. The packaging itself was more than impressive. It was neatly wrapped in black paper and tied off with a ribbon and a single owl feather garnished the top. Not only that but the DVD came accompanied by a CD of the soundtrack and a booklet. Absolutely has to be the best review package I've ever received. 

School teacher James Findlay (Euan Douglas) has been plagued by nightmares involving a disturbing Owl type creature. After the death of his mother, he inherits the family's sprawling Scottish mansion. However, she also gives specific instructions for him NOT to go there due to a breakdown he had there as a child. Believing that his nightmares are linked to the event in his past, he ignores her warnings and decides to go anyway hoping to uncover the truth behind his dreams. Once there, he meets Eve (Alexandra Hulme), the charming and mysterious American who works at the estate. Together they try to find the answer to the mysterious happenings at the mansion. It isn't long before James discovers that nothing is as it seems and he will have to fight for his life in order to survive the mansion for the second time in his life.

When a film relies so heavily on a very small cast, it's important for casting directors to bring in actors who can comfortably breathe life into their characters. Lord of Tears is not a dialogue heavy film which, in my opinion, puts a little more pressure on the cast since they have to convey their emotions more through actions and other visual prompts. Douglas' portrayal of the introverted Findlay is quite impressive given that his only acting experience is one short film prior to this one. The inner struggle eating away at his character is present throughout and his timid interactions with Eve seem genuine. Hulme brings such likability to the character of Eve. She's fun and energetic and full of life and the complete opposite of James making each scene they're in better than the one before.

Director Lawrie Brewster's visual interpretation of James's internal conflict is quite stunning. Lord of Tears is laced with bits of Lovecraft inspired imagery that brings an artistic feel to it. Writer Sarah Daly takes ancient folklore, ritualistic sacrifices and biblical references and weaves them into a striking tale of trepidation. There is a very constant, very heavy sense of dread throughout the film that helps propel the story forward. There are scenes that will stay with you long after the credits roll and that to me, is the sign of a good film. If you're a fan of fast paced, in your face horror, you might want to pass on this one as most of the action takes place in the third act. However, if you can handle a well done, slow burn horror, I would definitely recommend Lord of Tears.

You can purchase the DVD here and be sure to check out their Facebook page to stay up to date on all the info.

27 January 2014

Screen 2013 - REVIEW by Chris Young

 
David Paul Baker’s horror film “Screen” begins with an old beat up film reel countdown followed by a faux 1972 news broadcast in which a local reporter from Cleveland, Oklahoma is giving the intro to a special report on what she call’s the “Halloween Drive-In Massacre”. Next a video title card over black informs us that it is 40 years later at the same drive-in. John Carpenter style music begins to play and we are treated to a series of video clips and stills depicting the aftermath of what appears to be another massacre. Video glitches and camera snapshots punctuate the sequence. Authorities wander through tall grass not unlike zombies from Night of the Living Dead. A single swing from a three seat A-Frame playset moves back and forth in the dead air. Seemingly dozens of people lay dead in their cars and a spacious RV. The camera also shows the long gutted and non-functioning remnants of the drive-in projector building, the video interference increasing in frequency and intensity as it does. Lastly we see the screen itself, standing in the heat of the Oklahoma day. Cut to the title card over black with video distortion.

My description of the opening two minutes of “Screen” do no justice to the creativity and care displayed by the director/writer/editor throughout. So many aspects of the movie work on so many levels, it is hard to accurately or evocatively communicate its virtues. It’s not unlike trying to describe the impromptu performance of a seasoned bar-room rock band, which is not a bad comparison for this low budget love letter to 70’s film and the drive-in culture.

The main plot centers on Lola, (Nicole Alonso) a young woman living with her alcoholic father. Through Facebook she reconnects with Carrie who is an old school friend, (Leslie Andrews). Carrie wants to visit the aforementioned drive-in on Halloween during the 40 year anniversary of the 1972 massacre. Lola is hesitant at first but after waking up to find her pathetic father passed out on the hall floor, she decides to take her dead brother’s gray primer covered Firebird and head out on the 300 mile road trip with Carrie.

Unlike what you would probably get from most films, this setup for the journey is over in just under 3 minutes. This is accomplished with a simple confident cinematic shorthand used to good effect throughout the film. Insert shots appear over dialogue in abrupt cuts. Music is used sparingly and only when necessary. Even the choice of camera, (Cannon 5D vs iPhone) switches back and forth based on effect, not the usual tortured arbitrariness of a found footage movie trying to justify the constant use of a camera. Bit’s of character and story are achieved through images or actions, rather than words. When dialogue is actually used for exposition it contributes to the whole in ways that nothing else will. An important personal conversation between the two leads lingers on uncomfortably with meaningful silences, while a shot of Lola kneeling before a grave rates barely 3 seconds. In short, a purposeful economy of storytelling is used in every aspect of production.

It has been said that half of the job of directing is in casting well. Considering the fact that about 40 minutes of this 106 minute film is the journey to Cleveland, that axiom holds especially true. In essence, “Screen” is a 70’s road trip film, complete with muscle car, which means the weight of the movie rests on the believability and charisma of the two leads. Nicole Alonso shows great nuance as the brave-faced Lola who has taken some hard knocks from life without being completely beaten down, and Leslie Andrews seems born to play the goth party girl immersed in social media with a happy-go-lucky attitude while also harboring significant personal secrets. They have a natural chemistry together. So, when Carrie reveals her biggest secret, the moment brings real meaning and importance to their relationship. In fact, every single player’s performance in the movie was so natural that I often wondered how many people were actors or just someone they met while shooting. Even so, I was very impressed with the overall verisimilitude of the show. Having tried to direct non-actors before, I can attest to the fact that some of the most unnatural performances I’ve ever seen, came from people just trying to be themselves.

Soon after they reach the theater it becomes apparent that a sizeable crowd is forming to party on the anniversary of the tragic event. While the opening of the film has pretty much given away the end result of the evenings celebrations, it’s still interesting to watch the players take their place in the inevitable debacle. Various sorts of podcasters and reporters show up, Carrie begins hearing sounds emitting from a detached drive-in speaker, and of course, there’s the swingset, with the ghostly seat swaying in the airless heat of the evening. There’s also an underdeveloped plot involving a different kind of threat, that shall remain nameless, but I found it to be just enough to create a sense of uncertainty and dread, in the same way it would if I were actually there and only had limited personal exposure to the events. A few surprises follow, but overall it resolves the way you would expect, and ends in an unfortunately abrupt and somewhat unfulfilling manner. I suspect this was more to do with the limitations of time than creativity, since the film is so well crafted right up to the end credits. I just wanted a little more movie to wrap things up or put a bow on it. I wanted to love it from beginning to end.

But maybe the thing I loved the most was how the movie captures the actual feeling of being young, free and on the road, driving fast with the windows down in scorching weather, through rural areas where there’s more grass than concrete and abandoned drive-ins are left to become as much a part of their surroundings as the rocks and trees. Where you can hang out at dusk, sitting on the hood of your car, listening to singing crickets in the unmown grass mix with the sound of dogs barking and the occasional distant car traveling a remote gravel road, just waiting for the trailers to start on the giant outdoor screen.

And those bulky metal speakers. Yes, Mr. Baker, I do think I can hear the movie playing now, even without the wires attached.



Review by: Chris Young

Trailer Released for Escaping the Dead


The trailer for Danish zombie apocalypse "Escaping the Dead" has just been revealed and we would love it if you would publish it on your website. Thank you so much. We appreciate the support deerly! Also if you wanna return a link to the article we will share it in our own network.

"Escaping the Dead" is inspired by a series of articles about the death drug "Krokodil" that was published about the same period of time when Ronald Poppo had his face eaten by a naked man hooked on bath salt in Miami. It is the perfect zombie plot: a death drug that turns people into zombies.

The film has its starting point in a typical day for the lead character, David. David is the local marihuana pusher, but he is the kind of dealer that smokes more than he sells. In the meantime the country has been hit by a new death drug and when David and his partner in crime Ahmir is offered some exceptionally cheap cocaine they see it as an opportunity to earn big money at the big techno concert the following Friday, but the cocaine turns out to have a terrible side effect that creates a giant zombie outbreak that spreads across the entire Copenhagen. In the film we follow David and his bloody fight out of the city.

Directed by Martin Sonntag and Bastian Brinch Pedersen, the film stars Bastian Brinch Pedersen (who is also the co-director and producer of the film) as David, Rama Øzel as Ahmir, along with Daniel Hutera, Ali Öezkan, Iben Ma Bønnelycke, Nicolai Huan Nguyen, Camilla Ludvigsen and Kim Sønderholm ("Blood Fare", "The Winedancers", "Sinister Visions") playing Lars the policeman.



IMDb link

Jose Prendes Announces The Divine Tragedies

Writer and director Jose Prendes (The Haunting of Whaley House) announces his next film, the serial killer mind-bender: The Divine Tragedies!

Based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case of 1924, it tells the tale of Charles Brubaker (played by Graham Denman, The Haunting of Whaley House) and his half-brother Thomas Lo Bianco (played by Jon Kondelik, Airplane Vs. Volcano), who concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder, and when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But, problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul, a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail.

"It's a serial killer film, but unlike anything you've ever seen before," says director Prendes. "I know people always say that, but I really think the film will back me up. It's American Psycho meets Videodrome, by way of John Carpenter. I wanted to make something that would really surprise people. Not just in a gory way, which is easy, but in a beautiful way. The same way a David Lynch movie can be beautiful and surprising."

The film is being produced by Jon Kondelik & James Kondelik, under their production company Dual Visions. The Divine Tragedies is the company's first of many feature films to come.

"Dual Visions aims to produce feature films that engage an audience with unique experiences," say the Kondelik Brothers. "People won't be able to forget the things they've seen after watching this film."

Filming for The Divine Tragedies will begin at the end of February.

Casting: TBA.

For more info on the film go to the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/divinetragediesmovie

Lionsgate Drops New Trailer for Children of Sorrow

Lionsgate has dropped a new official trailer for what has to be After Dark Original's best film to date, the unsettling cult drama Children Of Sorrow, set for release March 4th on DVD, Digital HD and VOD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.



The film, which director Jourdan McClure describes as "a slice of bad life," was picked up by After Dark and Lionsgate after festival wins at Sacramento Horror Film Festival and Hollywood's Shockfest Film Festival which included two Best Feature awards, a Best Actor Award for Bill Oberst Jr. and a Best Acting award for the ensemble cast.

Bill Oberst Jr. says the role of cult leader Simon Leach was "personal and terrifying." The actor lived in isolation during the shoot in order to get into the mindset of the Jim Jones-like Leach. Director McClure and writer Ryan Finnerty are quoted on the film's IMDb page as saying that the film's most disturbing scenes were not in the original screenplay; "We threw most of the script out the window once we got to the desert and rewrote based on the actual personalities of our actors. If it feels real, that may be why."

European viewers will have their introduction to Children Of Sorrow this fall; the film will screen at Europe's largest horror con, The Weekend Of Horrors in Germany, where Oberst will be a celebrity guest.

On IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1942828/
On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Children-Sorrow-Bill-Oberst-Jr/dp/B00HAHJK84/
Lionsgate Publicity Materials: http://www.lionsgatepublicity.com/home-entertainment/childrenofsorrow/

24 January 2014

The Sugar Skull Girls Production to Begin This Summer

Potent Media, the creators behind last year's crime thriller "Deer Crossing" and the highly anticipated science-fiction thriller Apocalypse Kiss (releasing April 8th) have announced their most recent project-- Potent Media's The Sugar Skull Girls. A trilogy of comedic children's films with a theme of Halloween-like horror.

The film is about a man (John Amplas from Romero's "Martin") who hires a witch to bring his dead daughter back to life. When the spell goes terribly wrong then enters three neo-gothic sisters in his daughter's place. Playing the oldest of the Sugar Skull Sisters is The Walking Dead's Addy Miller as Luna, a forever-fourteen year old vampire with a Victorian sass. Joining her as her siblings are Cece Hagen as Blue the Ghost and Isabella Sobejano as the catty shape-shifter named Venus.

Also joining the line-up is Carmela Hayslett as the villainous Pale Witch who wants nothing more than to bring the girls back to her Shadow World but constantly gets side tracked by her own vanity. Hayslett is commonly known to the underground horror world as Roxsy Tyler, a Philadelphia horror hostess. Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) also has a role in the film that core horror fans will love.

Production begins this summer. Addy Miller along with her co-stars Cece Hagen and Isabella Sobejano have taken complete control of the film's Instagram and Twitter accounts. Please follow them there so they can keep you updated!

Links:
Facebook: http://facebook.com/TheSugarSkullGirls
Twitter: @sugarskullgrls
Instagram: instagram.com/sugarskullgirls
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3361068/

22 January 2014

Top 5 Films of 2013



Now that 2013 is over and we are almost through our first month of 2014 i guess it is time to unveil the top 5 from the year past.  You will notice that there will be a few big movies of last year that didn't quite make the cut on my list.



5) The Curse of Chucky
I really enjoyed the new entry in the Child's Play series.  Fiona Dourif played a great part and the story interlocking with the first movie was outstanding.  It really kept me in the movie the whole time.


4) Carrie
While I am not a big fan of remakes I was digging the reimagining of Carrie.  An outstanding cast with a fantastic climax.

3) The Conjuring
One of the few movies to actually make me jump multiple times and scare the crap out of me.

2) You're Next
I recently saw and reviewed this one.  Like I said not the most original movie but definitely worthy of being on this list

1) American Mary
The top of 2013 for me.  Katy Isabelle was phenomenal with her best role yet and the Soska sisters really put together a great movie with this one.  One of the most unique horror films of the year definitely.

Antisocial Coming to DVD January 28th

Philadelphia PA - Breaking Glass Pictures, Monster Pictures and Vicious Circle Films are excited to announce the January 28th DVD release of Antisocial. The feature length debut of director Cody Calahan, which has been scaring up impressive reviews on the international festival circuit, Antisocial sees a New Year celebration between a small group of friends turn into a vicious fight for survival when a mysterious viral outbreak forces them to stay indoors.

Five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this outbreak.

Information and video footage over flow their computers as they descend further into the cause and the ensuing chaos. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Who is safe? Who can they trust? Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness...and there is no going back.

Hailed by Slant Magazine as a "biting commentary on the often addictive nature of online interaction," Antisocial is also available now on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and all major broadcast platforms. The DVD release (SRP $24.99) will include a feature length commentary and behind the scenes footage.


Chris Sun's Daddy's Little Girl Now Available on VOD

Philadelphia PA - Vicious Circle Films and SlaughterFX are excited to announce that Chris Sun's Daddy's Little Girl is now available nationwide on cable VOD. The Australian revenge thriller arrives in the US following an impressive festival showing. At the Pollygrind Underground Film Festival of Las Vegas, Daddy's Little Girl took home the grand jury prize, best director, best overall individual performance by actor Michael Thomson and best screenplay.

After the police find Derek's daughter brutally murdered on the beach, he vows to make the culprit suffer for his actions, even if that person is 'part of the family.' With careful research into the history of torture, Derek prepares himself and his basement for a week of brutal tactics that will make his daughter's killer feel the pain that he has inflicted upon so many others. In a time when stranger danger is ever present, a single father learns that it's the ones you trust most who have to be watched the closest.


Jug Face 2013 - REVIEW by Chris Young

Hello everyone. I would like to start this impromptu meeting of indie horror filmmakers by saying I appreciate you all taking the time out of your busy schedules to come by. My assistant will be happy to validate parking tickets. There are refreshments in the back and restrooms down the hall. If you brought smokes you can light ‘em up. You may need them before we’re done.

Let’s begin by thanking many of you for stepping up to the plate and making the last few years a very exciting time for fans of horror. You’ve given us everything from retro-styled slashers and grand guignol to ambitious creature features and hauntings. The shear volume of offerings is a true embarrassment of riches and we, the fans, thank you with all our hearts. Go ahead, feel free to give yourselves a round of applause. That’s it. Don’t be shy, you deserve it.
 Having said that, it grieves me to have to share with you that there has emerged a certain practice that seems to be a recurring problem more and more lately. I’m aware that you may be unaware of the seriousness of the situation and have taken it upon myself to bring it to your attention. I realize a large number of you may ignore today’s subject and may even do so proudly, as if it were some auteur badge of honor. Let me assure you, if that is the case, this meeting is not for you. I’m speaking today to those who love their audience, one of the most open-minded and long suffering fan bases you could ever wish for, and want to entertain us for many years to come.
Everyone still here? Ah, I see we’re losing a couple. That was to be expected. Frankly I’m surprised they showed up in the first place. Be that as it may, let’s proceed.

At the risk of appearing to have a personal bias against any one person I would like to call Chad Crawford Kinkle to the front. Although today's topic of discussion applies to many of you sitting out there in those uncomfortable folding chairs, it may be easier to discuss if we use an example, and unfortunately for Mr. Kinkle, he happens to be the most recent offender. Now don’t look so anxious, Chad. I’ll try to make this as painless as possible. Really, it’s not so bad. You’ll see.

Today we will briefly discuss Chad’s film “Jug Face”. My assistant, Mindy, is passing out some materials, a press kit, stickers, and a 10% discount code for Amazon so you can watch the film later in the convenience of your own home. The story takes place in an an isolated backwoods community where the culture is based on the pagan blood worship of an open pit inhabited by a murderous invisible entity. The eponymous Jug Face refers to the pottery created by a local man while in a trance state induced by the entity in order to signify whom it wants to devour. In return the group receives health and prosperity. A young woman discovers she is next on the killing block and hides this knowledge from the rest, setting off a chain reaction of death and mayhem.
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering why I would endorse viewing a film I am simultaneously using as an object lesson for problematic film making. It’s quite simple, “Jug Face” is a very well made film. The Acting, casting, direction, score, etc. are all perfection. A quality production throughout and worthy of praise. Make sure to see it, and don’t forget the discount code, if you lose the card just remember JUGSFTW and you’ll be golden.

But, Chad, and I apologize, may I call you Chad? Okay, thanks. Let’s get to the point, shall we?

Your ending sucks.

Yes, no seriously, it reeks like a one cat litter box in a 10 cat house. I’m not kidding. It’s crap.

You’ll have to excuse my scatological turn of phrase, but I have to be plain about these things. You and your peers have recently, and a few of you not so recently, produced engaging, masterful, sometimes even ground-breaking films with endings that seem designed to royally piss us off. This is not artistic, clever or even new. It is simply lazy and we’re pretty tired of it.
Atmosphere is not story, neither is character, craft or shock value. You can’t claim you had too little money or time. Killing the lead is not an obstacle, or even entire casts (Shakespeare did it regularly). Abrupt endings, loose ends and ambiguity can all be justified with a deftly written denouement. It can be three acts, two acts, five acts or no acts. Sad, insane, disturbing, thrilling or melancholy. These are all flavors that enhance the meal, but no amount of salt can mask the substitution of soy burgers for the real thing. “Splice” is one of the most disturbing and ultimately sad genre films in recent memory, yet it has a corker of a climax followed by a neatly played little epilogue. “Grace” has one simple story point that it plays through to a very acceptable and satisfying end. “Excision” has a truly abrupt ending absent of any resolution or epilogue but feels so right in it’s timing and execution that one can’t imagine doing it any other way. “El Orfanato” and “Mama” have garnered devoted fans who are almost evangelistic in their fervor because they illustrate the very definition of great endings. “Ginger Snaps”, “Session 9”, “The Ninth Configuration” and “Saw” are just a few of the many films that have tackled potentially difficult endings with finesse and, in some cases, brilliance.

The best way I can think of to say it is that there’s a difference between telling a complete, well crafted story and simply reporting, for lack of a better phrase, a slice of life, as if the film wasn’t so much directed as it was recorded. We meet characters, learn to care about them, then watch them experience some form of conflict which resolves itself or doesn’t, live or die, wash-rinse-repeat. The audience can write it in their sleep by now, so why should we pay good money to watch someone else do the same? Conflict by itself is not enough. We need catharsis, or edification, a lingering dread that follows us home and makes us sleep with the lights on, or better yet, all of the above.

Now don’t look so uncomfortable Mr. Kinkle. You’re in good company. Why, I almost called Sylvia and Jen to the front instead of yourself. But, let us continue, shall we?

The character was raised by sucky parents? What do we get from that? Does she break free? Does she fail to escape completely and wreak bloody havoc like “Carrie”? Does she attain some long sought after vengeance only to find it hollow and bewildering ala “I’ve Seen The Devil”?

What about the creature in the pit? No need to explain it’s origins. Some of us thrive on fear of the unknown. But is there a reckoning? Is it driven away or destroyed? Is the entire area consumed leaving it empty like the Roanoke settlers or is it nothing more than a plot device to arbitrarily create the context for tragedy and bloodshed?

Where’s the irony, surprise, the overwhelming obstacle that the protagonist overcomes without cheating?
For God’s sake, what is the point, dammit? That the world sucks and bad things happen in it? I have news for you, that’s a point of view, NOT a story!!

There’s a reason the loyal fans of “LOST” were ready to riot after sticking with the uneven storytelling for six years only to be given a very underwhelming finale that seemed to negate the significance of the past six seasons. Look at the meaningless last episode of “Dexter” and the almost universal disdain it received even to the point of articles being written on how it SHOULD have ended. Need we mention the Mass Effect 3 debacle? Endings matter!

I can see some of you are getting restless, and maybe I’ve drifted a bit. So, I’ll wrap things up with this: there is a reason that storytellers over the ages have filled their tales with purpose, justice, immutable destiny and karma. Because those of us who deal first hand with the uncertainties and insecurities of existence, those who actually are present in this life and don’t live in a bubble, are perfectly aware that the world can be an uncaring and fickle place. So, what makes you think we want to spend our free time watching a movie that tells us the exact same thing? In effect, what you’re creating is a new horror sub-genre that is every bit as pernicious as Torture-Porn that could rightly be titled Emo-Porn. It’s the same amount of voyeuristic suffering as “Hostel” or “Audition” just without the gore. It may be prettier than severed limbs and more palatable to the award givers who love to pat themselves on the back while “discovering” what they like to think of as horror, but better. It might get you interviews with Terry Gross or a mention in Rolling Stone but you’re not fooling the audience. If your story has no satisfying resolution, than it is an effect for effect’s sake. It’s self flagellating porn and I’ll have no more of it.

Yes, Mr. Roth! Did you have a comment? You’ve brought up a valid point. There are indeed people who desire to wallow in vicarious misery and heartbreak. To that I would say: one of the biggest downfalls of filmmaking is not knowing who your audience is. If you wish to cater to the art house crowd, or want to thrill the extremely jaded then knock yourself out. But do not fool yourself into thinking you can play for all teams at once. There have been only a handful of directors who can navigate those treacherous currents and do so successfully. The rest are nothing more than weak sauce and satisfy no one except maybe themselves. If that is your goal, I wish you all the luck in the world, you’ll need it.
You see, many of your audience members happen to be like me, and are very jealous of the minutes we have been allotted in our too brief lives. This is no exaggeration or hyperbole. If I give 90 minutes or more of my life to a filmmaker’s vision only to be left frustrated, depressed or just unsatisfied like some awkwardly inconclusive one night stand, I’m going to make damn sure not to be in that situation again. A great ending is an arduous, demanding, disciplined and noble pursuit that speaks well of the maturity and professionalism of the filmmaker. There really is no substitute and speaking for those of your prospective audience who are still willing to give you another chance, this may be your final warning.

If I may paraphrase your own film, Mr. Kinkle: “The audience wants what it wants.”

I can see I’ve kept you all here long enough. You’re dismissed, and thanks again for coming. If you want to take advantage of our guest instructor for the evening, I’m sure Mr. Darabont will be happy to spend a few minutes with you. Oh, and don’t forget to have your parking passes validated. I hope I’ve been able to resolve any questions you may have on tonights subject.

Actually, speaking of resolutions, I’d like to see Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead before they leave. They have some explaining to do.



Reviewed by Chris Young

Deadly Presence Now Haunting VOD

Brain Damage Films is set to release Deadly Presence on DVD February 4, 2014. DVD bonus features will include a 30-minute behind the scenes featurette. The film is also available On Demand now through most Cable VOD operators and Internet platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network and more.

About the Film:
Shane Cole, director of the acclaimed indie slasher Mutilation Man, returns to the screen with this creepy tale of friendship, terror, and tragedy. Lead actress Megan Lynn assuredly carries Deadly Presence from its curious beginnings to its haunting end. Accompanied by its well-paced tension and spooky soundtrack, viewers looking for a good scare will not be disappointed.

Deadly Presence has received its share of acclaim from reviewers, with telling quotes like "Plays as well as Paranormal Activity, The Possession or any other recent big studio release" (AlienBee) and "Deadly Presence is a great ghost story, it's well made, offering effective scares, nice visuals and it's genuinely creepy at times." (Independent Flicks)

Synopsis:
Three girlfriends looking for a night of fun decide to stay at an old haunted house. Nothing creepy seems to come of their séance session until a few months later when one of the girls leaves a cryptic video message before committing suicide in her bathtub. Now it's up to Andie to find the answers before tragedy strikes again.


Official Trailer and More Information:
http://braindamagefilms.com/dvd/horror/supernatural-ghost/deadly-presence/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deadly-Presence/419639848075519

Pre-orders Launch for Fright-Rags' Day of the Dead Merchandise

The darkest day of horror the world has ever known is upon us. Pre-orders have launched for Fright-Rags' merchandise celebrating George A. Romero's Day of the Dead: http://www.fright-rags.com/day-of-the-dead-preorder-c-43.html

Fright-Rags' limited edition Day of the Dead box set features a shirt designed by Justin Osbourn (available as a T-shirt, girls shirt and zip-up hoodie), along with a canister of rocks taken from the Wampum Mines - the filming location of Day of the Dead. An 11x17 poster and a prismatic sticker round out the set, which is beautifully packed in a collector's box. There are only 500 box sets available, so sizes and quantities are limited.
Zombie aficionados will also want to pick up the limited edition 18x24 screen-printed poster featuring artwork by Gary Pullin. The posters are limited to a mere 200, and each individually-numbered piece is signed by Lori Cardille (who stars in the film as Sarah). Pullin's art is also available on shirts and hoodies. Last but certainly not least is a shirt designed by Jeff Zornow that depicts the gruesome Dr. Tongue leading a horde of undead friends.

These items are now available for pre-order exclusively on Fright-Rags.com until Monday, January 27 at 10am EST. Orders are expected to ship in late-February.

In conjunction with the release, Fright-Rags is hosting a 35mm film screening of Day of the Dead at The Little Theatre in Rochester, NY on January 24th. Details can be found here.

Evil Dead the Musical Sweeps Award Nominations

Las Vegas, NV, January 16, 2014: EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL, the show that has been taking over the Las Vegas Strip one bloody t-shirt at a time, was nominated in 5 categories for the BroadwayWorld 2013 Awards this past November.

The show reached out to its fans to vote, and after all the votes were counted, the show's star, Ben Stobber, won Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his portrayal as Ash, the hero with a chainsaw for a hand.

"We were grateful to be nominated in the first place, but to see just how well we did in all the categories - and to have Ben Stobber win - is thrilling," said producer and director Sirc Michaels. "We love our fans and appreciate everyone who voted for us. We also want to congratulate all the other winners, as well as everyone who was nominated in all the categories."

All of the winners can be seen here.

The show was nominated in the following categories:
BEST BOOK MUSICAL
BEST RESIDENT SHOW
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR - Ben Stobber as Ash
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS - Lorie Palkow as Cheryl, Courtney Leone as Shelly/Annie, Lynnae Meyers as Linda
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR - Greg Korin as Jake, Scott Sherman as Scott, Kolton Rostron as Deadite, Shawnn Morris-Slaughter as Deadite

The show won in the following category:
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR - Ben Stobber as Ash

About Evil Dead: The Musical
Evil Dead: The Musical is a unique production that combines multimedia, live performance, audience participation and 4D elements to take audience members into its world. From undead ushers to blood spraying out into the audience, this musical comedy is bringing a new type of entertainment to the Vegas Strip, and the people behind it are determined to make a lasting impression. Performances can be seen at the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino every Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.

16 January 2014

Matt Hish Unveils the First Trailer for the Supernatural Thriller Haunting of the Innocent


Director Matt Hish (The Blackout) and producer Autumn Federici (Murder Eleven) are proud to announce the launch of the first official trailer for supernatural thriller Haunting of the Innocent. Haunting of the Innocent stars Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Jessica Morris (Reel Evil) and Hannah Cowley. A true ghost story, the first trailer for Haunting of the Innocent reveals some truly disturbing imagery.

Haunting of the Innocent is a co-operative production. This indie horror feature was produced by: Khoury A Marriot Productions, Marquis Productions and Raging Bull Entertainment. Haunting of the Innocent was completed in 2013, in Paso Robles, California. As well, Uncork’d Entertainment will distribute this film throughout 2014, on home video formats.

The story for the film involves a small New England town. Here, an ancient curse plagues a newly arrived family. Together they must fight against a spirit, which hopes to engulf their rustic home. Souls are in jeopardy and secrets will have to be uncovered before this family can set themselves free from this unspeakable evil.

Haunting of the Innocent will release through Redbox outlets January 28th, 2014. The film will then launch through home video formats in March of 2014. You can take a look at one of the most unsettling horror features right here!

Official Synopsis: “Desperate to reconnect with his wife and son after a violent attack leaves them fear-stricken and traumatized, a father moves his family to a sleepy New England town and finds himself in a fight against supernatural forces hell-bent on tearing them apart.”

Release Date: January 28th, 2014 (Redbox).
Director: Matt Hish.
Cast: Judd Nelson, Rib Hillis, Jessica Morris and Hannah Cowley.

The film’s official trailer:

Blood Rush to Infect North America on DVD and VOD in March

'Newlyweds of Horror' Evan & Kerry Marlowe to infect North America on DVD and VOD March 4th, 2014

Brain Damage films is set to unleash Blood Rush on DVD and VOD in North America on March 4, 2014. Availability will include all major and minor Cable/Satellite VOD operators as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox Video and more. DVD bonus features will include an audio commentary track and a featurette about the film's premiere with Q&A.

About the Film
Blood Rush, the second feature written by Kerry Finlayson and directed by Evan Marlowe (the so-called "Newlyweds of Horror" and creators of Horror House), is a new take on the zombie/afflicted genre which brings an unique atmosphere, story, and cult-retro feel to the screen. Viewers looking for flesh-eating fun and dark humor will get their money's worth from the film, as well as viewers who like a little more substance and will appreciate the subtle underlying social commentary.

Blood Rush took home both the Kahuna Gold Award at the 2013 Honolulu Film Awards and the Best Music Soundtrack Award at the 2012 Tabloid Witch Awards.

Synopsis
When a small town is overcome with a blood lust the local witch doctor is thought to be the source. What they don't know is that he has a different agenda. Five friends fight for their lives when there seems no escaping from the town and the virus that follows them. One by one the sickness tries to take hold of them and no-one knows who is infected and who is safe.

Official Trailer and More Information:
http://braindamagefilms.com/dvd/horror/zombie/blood-rush/
https://www.facebook.com/BloodRushTheMovie

Helix Sets Records for Syfy

NEW YORK – January 15, 2014 – Intensifying the infection of the American television audience, Syfy’s new drama Helix shattered channel ratings records for L+3 growth, soaring 64 percent in Adults 18-49 (1.2 million), 57 percent among Adults 25-54 (1.4 million) and 53 percent among total viewers (2.8 million).

This feverish percentage and absolute L+SD to L+3 growth for the Helix debut (Friday, January 10 at 10PM) are the highest for any Syfy original series premiere since Nielsen first recorded L+3 in 2007.

The Helix 24-hour marathon, which ran through Saturday, January 11 at 10:00PM, reached 9 million unduplicated total viewers, based on L+SD and L+3.

Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility, Arctic Biosystems, to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.

Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, The Killing) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential outbreak. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, director of Arctic Biosystems and its mysterious viral research program.

Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky (Supernatural) as Dr. Julia Walker; Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros; Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan; Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov; Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle, and Neil Napier (Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.

Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, Lynda Obst (Contact, Sleepless in Seattle), and Brad Turner (Hawaii Five-0, 24) are Executive Producers. The 13-episode series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Prolific director and producer Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) directed the premiere episode, which was written by creator and co-executive producer, Cameron Porsandeh.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine greater.)

No Service Kicks off IndieGoGo Campaign

San Francisco, Ca., January 14, 2014 – Indie cult filmmakers, Reyna Young aka Miss Misery and Maureen “Mo” Whelan have teamed together to give you their first twisted feature horror film No Service.

The story is about a group of friends driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for summer break who find themselves stranded in the middle of the High Dessert while the Carson family offers to take them in for the night not disclosing what Momma Carson is cooking for dinner. This is a Last Doorway Production.

Both ladies are known for their more surreal, experimental stylization filmmaking combining horror with dark humor. Their recent collaboration was “M is for… Miscarriage” which was one of 500 + films of the first round of films for the ABC’s of Death Competition. Reyna Young just finished production on her cheesy monster film Golden Gate Monster and hosts bad horror films on Movie Massacre; Seen on KCTH 27 out of Hayward and AT&T U-Verse. Mo Whelan’s recent short film A Sin That Cannot Be Forgiven was an Official Selection of the 2013 A Nightmare to Remember International Horror Film Festival and was an Official Selection of the 2012 AOF International Film Festival. She is also a producer for The Divine Order which Dave Vescio stares in and is known for her quirky writing style that has been published through Girls and Corpses Magazine and other publications.

The film also stars; Felissa Rose (Sleepaway), Max Wasa (My Mother is a Step Alien, Playboy), Michelle Tomlinson (The Cellar Door), Victoria De Mare (Batty Boop, Horrorween), Lisa J. Pellegrene (Worlds Best Beaches / Animal Rights Advocate / Director Idea Analyst and Associates, Inc.), Jeff Dylan (Stuck, Lazarus), Marv Blauvelt (Sculpture, M is for… Miscarriage), Kenneth J. Hall (Puppet Master), Mary Whelan, and Donald Ross. Members of the cast and crew are Pit Bull advocates; therefore a few Pit Bulls will also star in the film.

The film will be filmed on location in the San Bernardino area. One scene will be filmed at Tropicana Liquor which was featured on several southern California news shows, including KTLA, unfortunately due to their own real life horror story at the beginning of 2013.

Please visit the IndieGoGo page of No Service and donate to help the filmmaker complete this project http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/no-service and like their FaceBook fan page for updates https://www.facebook.com/noservicemovie.




Last Doorway Productions is an independent horror film company based out of San Francisco. Credits include Welcome to My Darkside: Women in Horror Documentary, 18 short films and a television show called Miss Misery’s Movie Massacre. For more information go to www.lastdoorwayproductions.com or www.missmisery.net

Syfy Unveils Players on Opposite Worlds: America Votes for Final Two

NEW YORK – January 14, 2014 – Syfy today revealed 12 of the players who, in two opposing teams, will compete head-to-head in the fast-paced, intense weekly challenges on Opposite Worlds. The final two players will be decided by a viewer vote on Syfy.com (polls currently open).

Adding to the drama on Opposite Worlds is a glass wall dividing the house into the two environments, allowing the teams to watch, envy and dread each other's every move. Viewers can contribute to the chatter about Opposite Worlds – and affect each weekly challenge - by following the handle @syfyoppworlds and using the hashtag #oppositeworlds on Twitter.

The 12 players are:

• Jeffry Calle, 25, from Suffern, NY (currently resides in Fontana, CA), Non-profit Coordinator
• J.R. Cook, 28, from Pineville, WV (currently living in Knoxville, TN), Attorney
• Samm Murphy, 28, from Jacksonville, FL (currently resides in Marina Del Rey, CA), Medical Supplies Distributor
• Charles Haskins, 39, from New York, NY (currently resides in Orlando, FL), Military Reserve/Youth Boxing Coach
• Rachel Horton, 27, from Sherman Oaks, CA (currently resides in Encino, CA), Multimedia Personality/Professional Gamer
• Angela Lima, 34, from Minneapolis, MN (currently resides in Marina Del Rey, CA), VP at vegan food company
• Danielle Pascente, 25, from Phoenix, AZ (currently resides in Santa Monica, CA), Sports Model/Personal Trainer
• Lisette Resille, 32, from Tuscon, AZ (currently living in Sherman Oaks, CA), Nurse
• Frank Sansonetti, 35, from and currently residing in Staten Island, NY, Firefighter
• Lauren Schwab, 27, from Valley Center, KS (currently living in Marina Del Rey, CA), Fulcrum Adventures Instructor
• Wyatt Werneth, 47, from and resides in Cocoa Beach, FL, Military/Public Safety Diving Specialist
• Jesse Wilson, 34, from Knights Ferry, CA (currently resides in Los Angeles, CA), Model/Photographer

And viewers can vote on Syfy.com now to choose the remaining two players from the following four:

• Steve DiCarlo, 24, from Burnt Hills, NY (currently resides in Lomita, CA), Journalist
• Kevin Donoghue, 38, from and currently residing in Monroe, NY, Personal Trainer
• Mercy Ukpolo, 25, from Rancho Cucamonga, CA (currently resides in Bakersfield, CA), Operations Manager
• Natela Valentin, 30, from Sochi, Russia (currently resides in Los Angeles, CA), works in jewelry sales

Opposite Worlds will be executive produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic, Adam Kaloustian and Curtis Colden for Eyeworks USA. The series is based on the hit Chilean format, Mundos Opuestos, originally broadcast on Canal 13 and distributed by Banijay International.

About Eyeworks USA
Eyeworks USA is one of television's most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, producing shows grounded in the ability of people to change and transform their lives. Current series include Extreme Weight Loss in season four for ABC; Bar Rescue in season four for Spike (the network’s #1 show across all male demos); My Cat from Hell, in season five for Animal Planet; LA Hair, in season three for WEtv; and new hit Oxygen series My Big Fat Revenge, among many other series. Roth and Nelson are also known for producing the first 11 cycles of the award-winning The Biggest Loser for NBC. Other Eyeworks series include Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost for TLC, TV Land's Forever Young, as well as the long-running, genre-creating franchise for VH-1, Beauty and the Geek.

About Syfy
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

Evil Dead: The Musical to join Mondays Dark Event to Benefit NVSPCA

LAS VEGAS - Jan. 14, 2013 The cast of Evil Dead: The Musical at V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been invited to participate in the upcoming Mondays Dark Event at Vinyl inside The Hard Rock Casino on Jan. 20. Mondays Dark is a monthly show, full of Las Vegas performers, that benefits a variety of charities in the area. The show starts at 8:30pm.

"We're looking forward to participating in the event and as always helping to raise funds for NVSPCA," said Sirc Michaels, producer of Evil Dead: The Musical. "The entire cast will be out in full force, and we'll be singing an animal-themed song that should encourage people to sing along. When we got the invite to participate we knew what song we wanted to do, and are all fired up."

What song that is, exactly, will be revealed at Mondays Dark.

About Evil Dead: The Musical
Evil Dead: The Musical is a unique production that combines multimedia, live performance, audience participation and 4D elements to take audience members into its world. From undead ushers to blood spraying out into the audience, this musical comedy is bringing a new type of entertainment to the Vegas Strip, and the people behind it are determined to make a lasting impression. Performances can be seen at the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino every Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.

15 January 2014

You're Next (2011) - REVIEW


Well, I waited till You're Next came out on DVD to finally see what everyone has been talking about all year.  I went ahead and pre ordered the Blu Ray since it has been so hyped this year I figured that there was going to be little chance that I would downright hate it.  A fun fact: when looking this up on IMDB I saw this was actually made back in 2011 and just came out last year.

Paul (Rob Moran) and his wife Aubrey (Barbara Crampton) are going to vacation house were all of there children will be joining them for the weekend to celebrate their Anniversary.  As they enter the house the door seems to be open but nothing seems to be amiss until Aubrey hears a thump from the upstairs while cleaning.  Frightened she runs out of the house while Paul goes up to check it out.  Their Son Crispian (AJ Bowen) and his girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) arrive and Crispian helps his Dad make sure the house is secure.  The next day the whole family arrives and they are sitting down for a nice dinner when it begins.  The rich family is now a target of a sadistic and brutal home invasion.  They are all now fighting for their lives being terrorized by 3 men on animal masks.  Who will make it out alive?

I am just going to say it right off the bat.  I liked Your're Next but I didn't love it.  I was a good movie don't get me wrong i enjoyed it but I think it is way over hyped and does not live up to everything I had heard up to this point.  Now having got that out of my system I am going to go on with my review.  One of the reasons I didn't totally love it was the story.  It wasn't real original and as a matter of fact I had 90% of if figured out within the first ten minutes of the movie.  It really is not too hard to figure out and that kind of took a lot away from it for me.

The cast however was a point of strength for the film.  Casting long time horror queen Barbara Crampton was a huge bonus. She seems to light up the screen with her performance in anything she is in.  I do have to give props to the main character played by Sharni Viinson as well.  Her strength and survival skills really reminded me of a strong female lead much like Heather Lagenkamp in Nightmare on Elm Street.  This film is definitely worth a watch maybe even two.  Just don't go into it expecting too much like I did.  I would rate this one 7 out of 10 stars.  As always stay twisted everyone!


The Jersey Devil to Begin Filming in February 2014

Humanity Pride Productions, Green Light Films and Diamond Jesus Productions announced today that production of the new comedy feature film “The Jersey Devil” will begin shooting in New Jersey February of 2014.

The film stars veteran actors Chris Mulkey (“Captain Phillips”, “Boardwalk Empire”,”Cloverfield”), David Chokachi (“Baywatch”), Jack Mulcahy (“The Brothers McMullen”,”Porky’s”) as well as Award Winning Actor Keith Collins (“The Meat Puppet”,”Gravedigger”), Award Winning Actress Penelope Lagos (“Stuck in the Middle”) and Joe Sernio (“All My Children”).

When his term limit comes up, Lucifer, the original Devil, must turn the reigns of Hell over to James Burnett. But Burnett has new plans for Hell that includes changing its' image and relocation. He enlists his Advocate, Richard Cooper and his beautiful sidekick Tori to find a new home for the damned. After an extensive search, they settle on New Jersey. As construction begins, James implements his plan to gather as many souls as possible so he can challenge the Kingdom. Meanwhile, Lucifer, with his wife Eve and Advocate Judas have arrived in Jersey to put an end to James' plans. After several failed attempts to stop him, Lucifer turns to a higher power for help.

“The Jersey Devil” and Jersey City, NJ are a match made in….HELL!! With the support of the FilmJC and the Mayor’s Office, filming will take place in several well-known locations including the Landmark Loews’s Jersey Theater and City Hall. Jersey City will provide a perfect backdrop for the hipper, more contemporary Hell.

“The Jersey Devil” is directed by two-time New York Emmy winner Joseph Pepitone (“Stuck in the Middle”). Written By, Joseph Pepitone and Billy Pepitone. Produced by, Cory Green, Jeff Quinlan, Joseph Pepitone, Keith Collins. Executive Producers Michael Billy, Jarl Haugedal, Dorothy Fucito, Debbie Philips, Charles Anastasia, Larry Salvato, John Camera and Frank Sepe.

IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3359642/reference
FACEBOOK - www.Facebook.com/JerseyDevilMovie
#TheJerseyDevilMovie

07 January 2014

Discover Overlooked Fright Flicks in New Book HIDDEN HORROR

Having covered the onscreen terror essentials with Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies, Aaron "Dr. AC" Christensen is back with a brand new compendium of essays from the brightest and bloodiest genre aficionados around the globe.

Published by Kitley’s Krypt, HIDDEN HORROR: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks features insights from 101 informed enthusiasts the world over, each paying tribute to their favorite overlooked creature feature, moldy oldie or trashy treat. Physical copies are now available from Amazon and other retailers, with a Kindle release scheduled for late January.

Contributors include Fangoria’s Tony Timpone and Chris Alexander, Rue Morgue’s Dave Alexander, Monica S. Kuebler and John W. Bowen, HorrorHound’s Kristy Jett, Kenneth Nelson and Nathan Hanneman, Videohound’s Mike Mayo, Twitch’s Dave Canfield, FEARnet’s Lawrence P. Raffel and many more. Cult filmmaker and Blue Underground founder William Lustig (Maniac, Maniac Cop) provides the foreword.

The result is a roster of films as impressive as the bylines, highlighting silent classics such as The Man Who Laughs and The Hands of Orlac alongside foreign horrors like Tombs of the Blind Dead and Tenebrae. Schlocky shockers The Horror of Party Beach and Humanoids from the Deep share space with mind-benders like Possession and The Tenant. With 101 literary love letters to 101 underrated titles, you’ll soon be combing your queues and video shelves to see every last one!

Several of the tome's contributors will be on hand for a book launch party at Spyners Pub in Chicago, IL on January 19 from 3pm - 7pm. In addition to food, drinks, trivia and prizes, physical copies of the book will be available at a discounted price.


For more on HIDDEN HORROR: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks, visit the book on Facebook. Pick up a copy of this essential movie guide on Amazon (US) or Amazon (UK), or request it from your favorite bookseller.

Evil Dead The Musical Looking for New Blood

LAS VEGAS - January 6, 2014 EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL Ultimate 4D Experience, the Las Vegas hit that plays at the V Theater in Planet Hollywood at the heart of the world famous Las Vegas Strip, is expanding the number of performances each week. Currently it plays Fridays and Saturdays only, but beginning in February that will change to 4 nights each week and, this summer, that will change to 6 nights each week.

With this expansion comes the need for additional cast members for the show.

"This show's success is a combination of many factors," says the show's producer and director Sirc Michaels, "Not the least of which is an amazing cast that give the show their all in every performance. We have a great time doing what we do, and we are looking forward to adding to the ranks."

2 Male and 3 female performers are being sought for positions. Ages are various.

Interested persons must meet the following criteria:

1. Located in Vegas.
2. Able to sing.
3. Have comedic timing.
4. Love to have fun onstage.
5. Be 18 years of age or older.

Interested parties should submit a headshot and resume to Sirc Michaels Productions at sircmichaelsproductions@gmail.com. They will be contacted to schedule an appointment to audition.

Auditions are by appointment only. Video submissions will not be accepted.

About Evil Dead: The Musical
Evil Dead: The Musical is a unique production that combines multimedia, live performance, audience participation and 4D elements to take fans into its world. From undead ushers to interactive scenes to blood spraying out over fans, this musical comedy has brought a new type of entertainment to the Vegas Strip and has garnered a reputation as one of the must-see shows for fans all over the world.

New Survival Horror Game Changes Every Time You Play

I'm not much of a gamer... I played Dead Island a few times with my son when it first came out but I found myself losing interest pretty quickly. However this new game, Daylight, might be something for me. It's a new horror survival game from Zombie Studios and uses Unreal Engine 4 technology. Before you start saying "Eh, another horror survival game." and flapping your arms around, check this out... Zombie Studios promises that every time you play this game, it'll be different. *shrugs* I dunno but that sounds pretty intriguing to me.

The game is set to be released for both PC and PS4 game consoles early this year but no specific dates have been given.

Synopsis:
Waking up in an abandoned hospital with only your cell phone for illumination, you explore the institution’s dark criminal past as you attempt to escape. In Daylight no two experiences are the same, and it is best played alone in the dark.



Developed by Zombie Studios and using the Unreal Engine 4, its developers promise that everytime you play the game, you will be in for a whole new horror experience. : http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/01/upcoming-survival-horror-game-daylight-will-change-everytime-you-play-it/
Developed by Zombie Studios and using the Unreal Engine 4, its developers promise that everytime you play the game, you will be in for a whole new horror experience. : http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/01/upcoming-survival-horror-game-daylight-will-change-everytime-you-play-it/
Developed by Zombie Studios and using the Unreal Engine 4, its developers promise that everytime you play the game, you will be in for a whole new horror experience. : http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/01/upcoming-survival-horror-game-daylight-will-change-everytime-you-play-it/

06 January 2014

Carrie (2013) - REVIEW



I'm a little late with this one.  I actually saw this about 2 weeks after it came out back in October.  Which is unusual for me because its a remake and I normally don't get too excited about any remake no matter what it is.  It took me till just a couple of weeks ago to watch the Evil Dead remake and quite honestly it wasn't that great but we are talking about the Carrie remake here.  It was due to come out in April of last year but was pushed to an October release instead.  Nothing like making everyone wait another six months to see your movie.

This is were I usually write a synopsis of the film but in this case I really do not think it is necessary.  Every horror fan should know this story by now and if you don't well then I would reconsider calling yourself a horror fan.  Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) is the awkward girl at school that everyone makes fun of and picks on constantly.  She is raised by her very very religious and strange Mother (Julianne Moore) who has kept her sheltered for most of her life from anything evil in the world.  After Carrie gets her period and is treated very cruel about it by the other girls she starts to realize that she has telepathic powers.  Carrie does research and starts to hone in on her powers.  Her life is about to change but not really for the best.

I really thought this was going to be more of a re-imagining rather than a remake but it is actually more of the latter.  Since there was already a remake back in the late 90's that was made for TV I thought for sure they wouldn't do that again so soon.  I was wrong!  I hold this remake a little higher than most of the other ones I have seen though.  I really did enjoy this film and the performances of the entire cast.  Chloe was actually pretty brilliant as Carrie.  Her portrayal of an awkward, backwards girl was very good.  Her mother played ;by Julianne Moore was what you would expect from her.  She is an accomplished actress and she nailed the role right on the head.  The supporting cast was excellent as well.  Namely Judy Greer who played Mrs. Desjardin.  As soon as I saw her on the screen I said "hey it's Fern Mayo".

My final consensus is that I really enjoyed the film but I do not like they made alot of the scenes and the lines identical to the original movie.  I really thought it was going to be a little more original than that.  This version of Carrie is based more off the book than the original movie though.  You can clearly tell the difference when you see it.  I would give this one 6 out of 10 stars.  I would really give it more but the lack of originality really takes away from it.